Pintados-Kasadyaan Fest tribes qualify in Aliwan Fest
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Pintados-Kasadyaan
Festival has gone a long way, all the nine participants this year are
qualified to join the Aliwan Festival in December, Ms. Ellen Fullido
of Manila Broadcasting Company and Aliwan Festival exclaimed after
watching the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival in honor of Santo Niño, on
June 27 at the Leyte Sports Development Center.
2010 champion Buyugan Festival
Hearing the remarks of
Ms. Fullido, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla was quick to say
that only the first two winners will join the Aliwan this year.
Knowing how much is spent in bringing festival contingents to Metro
Manila, it is no wonder that the Governor, who runs the Provincial
Government of Leyte, the way he runs his lucrative family business,
had a ready reply.
Ms. Fullido is a
familiar face in the Pintados-Kasadyaan annual festival because she
comes every year, a ready letter in hand to invite the winners of the
This year’s festival
championship trophy went once again to Abuyog,
Leyte’s Buyugan Festival, one time Aliwan Festival Champion and
Sinulog Festival Champion.
Coming in as the first
runner up is Dulag, Leyte’s Karatong Festival which won fourth place
in the Aliwan Festival 2009. The second runner up trophy was awarded
to the Viajedores Festival of
The third runner up in
this year’s festival is the Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte while
the Pinilipig Festival of Sta. Fe, Leyte was awarded the fourth
participated in this year’s spectacular Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival
which never fails to make Leytenos proud of their rich culture.
Among the seven
Pintados tribes, the championship award was presented to the Tribu
SPAS Tanauan which is a community youth group in Tanauan,
Leyte. The second place went to Tribu Buskada while the third
place was bagged by the Kasiruman.
Per the permit granted
by the City of Tacloban, the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival street
dancing parade started right after the
7:30 in the morning mass at the
For the first time in
the Pintados Festival’s 24 years of existence and in the Kasadyaan
Festival’s 15 years of existence, the city of
only allowed them to take the route only until
for reasons that the three other main streets will be used by the
City’s Sikad-sikad race.
predicament, the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival parade was just as if not
more spectacular as in the past years. Only allowed to use one lane of
the narrow Burgos Street, the organizers led by Mayor-elect Remedios
Petilla who is the chairman of the festivities this year and the
youthful Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, lauded the spectators who
provided enough space to the participants to do their street dancing.
The spectators did
not complain despite the heat of the sun and the inconvenience caused
by the narrow streets and spaces in the routes.
Secretary Puno bids
DILG farewell after productive four-year stint
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY –
Secretary Ronaldo Puno of the Department of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG) yesterday thanked his fellow officials and employees
for “the four most productive years” of his career and bade them
farewell as he embarks on a new life as a private citizen on June 30.
Puno, who was
appointed by President Arroyo as DILG Secretary in 2006, said that
whoever takes over his post under the new administration will “find
that the Department is in good shape” because of the initiatives it
has undertaken on his watch to strengthen local governance, better
maintain peace and order and enhance public safety.
He shared his
accomplishments as Secretary with the men and women of the Department,
saying that the array of capacity building programs for the local
government units and the groundbreaking projects to boost the
capability of the Philippine National Police and the other attached
agencies of the DILG would not have been possible without their
cooperation, hard work and perseverance.
“Once again, thank you
to all of you. Thank you for the great experience. Thank you for the
four most productive years of my life,” Puno said during a
thanksgiving get-together organized in his honor by the DILG’s
officials and employees at the Camp Crame Multipurpose Center in
Puno started his
career in the government service at the DILG 36 years ago as one of
its youngest assistant secretaries. He also served as its
Undersecretary and later, as Secretary, during the Estrada
Puno is credited with
having competently steered the DILG through its most difficult
challenges and having inspired its men and women to work harder in
serving their fellow Filipinos.
On Puno’s watch, the
budget of the DILG increased by 44% from P43.6 billion in 2006 to
P62.9 billion in 2009, which allowed it to implement programs and
projects to strengthen local autonomy; hire more policemen and public
safety officers; procure additional equipment to better maintain peace
and order; and increase the salaries and pensions of its
On the local
government front, among a few of Puno’s most notable accomplishments
were improving the capability of LGUs in addressing calamities and
cutting red tape; and the implementation of the single biggest road
project in the countryside under the P3.8 billion Australia-funded
Provincial Road Management Facility; and the P704-million Local
Government Support Program - Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED)
project, which helps LGUs enhance the exercise of their corporate
powers. Further, training programs for new officials in 2007 and 2010
were updated and revised to be responsive to the clients’ needs.
On the other hand,
DILG-8 Regional Director Francisco C. Jose echoed Secretary Puno’s
hopes that the DILG would continue to be supported by the incoming
administration “as one of the important pillars of peace, growth and
Under Secretary Puno’s
leadership, the Department adopted for nationwide implementation the
Local Legislative Awards, which started in
Eastern Visayas in 2001. Several local government units in the region
also won recognition in various award-giving bodies in the same
period. Likewise, a new DILG regional office was completed in 2007
with the help of Secretary Puno in place of the one that was razed by
a fire in December 2004.
Speaking during the
program “[in] my last speech, I think, as a public servant,” Puno
quoted the late Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy of
in describing the experiences he had shared with his DILG family
during his four-year stint at the Department. “Let me say a few words
to all those who have supported me….To quote Sen. Ted Kennedy: ‘There
were hard hours on our journey and often we sailed against the wind.
But always we kept our rudder true, and there were many of you who
stayed the course and shared our hope. You gave your help, but even
more, you gave your hearts,’ ” Puno said.
On behalf of the
employees of the DILG and its attached agencies, Undersecretaries
Marius Corpus and Austere Panadero; National Police Commission vice
chairman Ed Escueta and PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa each
thanked Puno for the programs he has initiated to improve the DILG’s
capability in carrying out its mission of maintaining peace and order
and building on the gains of local autonomy. (with
a report from DILG-Office of Public Affairs)
Guadalupe seaport pushes through
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY – The
secret to keep alive this city’s port is to go on building an
alternate pier with roll-on, roll-off facility located in barangay
Guadalupe, a coastal village some twelve kilometers south from here,
which can serve as an all-weather transit point of passengers to and
from the port of Ubay, Bohol – and even Cebu.
In fact, the Guadalupe
port was listed in the nautical highway envisioned by outgoing
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her super regions plan to connect
the Visayas islands to Luzon and Mindanao via the Ubay, Bohol, port
which, incidentally, she inaugurated Monday, June 28.
City Mayor Maloney
Samaco, in a news conference at his office yesterday, revealed that he
had talked with Rep. Roger Mercado for the city local government unit
to take the initiative of developing the new port with its huge
potential on income generation for the city and an expected boom of
the village’s local economy.
Officials and the
people of Guadalupe are very much willing to have the city build
another facility near an unfinished private port, Samaco reported,
adding that they are even okay with relocating their barangay hall
just so the anticipated project can be materialized.
Asked how soon this
could be done with the Guadalupe folks’ open support, Samaco said he
will set his sights on this one this year or within his second term,
in close coordination with Rep. Mercado and Gov. Damian Mercado.
Samaco disclosed that
in his meetings with several shipping companies, the Guadalupe docking
point was preferred especially during “habagat” or southwest monsoon
season where big waves pummeled the city’s main port.
substitute point is much closer and less costly, operation-wise,
either to Ubay, Bohol, and even Cebu, and with this many shipping
companies pledged to open routes with the Guadalupe port, giving the
city a competitive edge over nearby Bato and Hilongos ports.
But the main Maasin
seaport, with only one ship regularly calling, the Cokaliong shipping
lines, will remain operational as the cargo loading, unloading area,
while the one at Guadalupe will be for transient passengers, Samaco
stressed. (PIA-Southern Leyte)
UP coed is new Miss
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – Ms. Maybelle Holanda of Palo,
Leyte and a college student at the University of the Philippines
Tacloban Campus was crowned as Ms Pintados 2010 before
midnight of June 25 at
the LNHS Gym, in a well organized pageant hosted by young heartthrob
Jurus Gamboa and the reigning Ms. Pintados.
Miss Pintados 2010 was
crowned by Former Governor, former congresswoman and Mayor-elect of
Palo, Leyte, Hon. Remedios L. Petilla and Pintados Founding President,
Tanauan Mayor Roque Tiu.
Miss Gianell Marie
Carian of Pastrana, Leyte, was proclaimed as the first runner up. Her
awards were presented to her by PIA 8 Director Olive Tiu and Mr. Erwin
Dagami, Leyte’s Miss
Aira del Pilar was chosen as the 2nd runner up. This pretty student of
De La Salle’s St. Benilde who was among the favorite of the crowd was
awarded by PIA 8 Director Olive Tiu and the Operations Manager of
APAC. Ms. Del Pilar was also chosen as Best in Swimsuit, among
Chosen as the 3rd
runner up is another crowd favorite, Miss Trishia Dawn B. Daffon from
Palo, Leyte whose awards were presented by former Ms Pintados Lourdes
Golong. Miss Daffon was also awarded as the Most Popular Candidate,
Best in Gown, among others.
Fourth runner up was
Barugo’s Monique Ayes while Ormoc’s Darling Lelibeth Lourine Pelicario
was chosen as the Most Photogenic.
distinguished board of judges were Don Pedro Rodriguez of Spain who is
the Director of the Instituto Cervantes in
former Ms. Aliwan and former Ms. Pintados Trisha Veloso, former Ms.
Pintados Lourdes Golong, this year’s Sto. Niño Fiesta Hermana Mayor
Mrs. Agaton and the operations manager of APAC Leyte.
Now on its 24th year,
what makes the Search for the Miss Pintados different from the usual
beauty tilts is its being a beauty and talent Search with a cause,
that of making the candidates appreciate the qualities and values of a
true Filipina, realize the spirit of volunteerism and their social
responsibility particularly for the well-being of the street children
of the Region.
disadvantaged fellowmen and working for them without waiting anything
in return is most fulfilling. Watching the street children and the
candidates playing parlor games together, eating the same food
together, this writer wonders who was enjoying who more. To the
writer, the players are all the same youthful children playing and
sharing fun together, no barriers, no rich or poor, no one beautiful
There is a wonderful
law of nature which states that the three things man crave most in
life – happiness, freedom and peace of mind – are always attained by
giving them to someone else.
The Ms. Pintados
candidates do not discover and enhance their God-endowed talents, they
also find their heart and happiness in sharing their time and charm in
bringing happiness to the street children.
This is the secret why
the Search for the Miss Pintados continuous to attract contestants
every year for the last twenty years, it is a search with a
difference. This is the reason why most of the Miss Pintados
candidates become volunteers to the various Pintados Foundation
undertakings long after the Search. This is the secret to the success
and more beautiful aura of the candidates after the Search.
Indeed, there is no
beautifier of complexion or form or behavior, like the wish to scatter
joy and not pain to the people who need people. It is good to share a
meal with disadvantaged, and bring joy to those who have almost
forgotten what smile and joy is all about.
For as long as the
Search for Miss Pintados of the Pintados Foundation is able to
mobilize people into action, building real people and future leaders
in the process, able to build real people, and for as long as the
people will continue to accept and support the cause of the street
children, the Search for Miss Pintados is here to stay.
8ID welcomes the third
wave of candidate soldiers
By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – Another 200 young blooded applicants for
the prestigious candidates soldier course were warmly welcomed by the
Army’s 8th Infantry Division through a traditional opening ceremony
followed by a military reception at Camp Downes, Ormoc City, around
10:30 A.M., on Saturday.
The newly opened batch
of candidates is part of the 600 quota allocated by the Philippine
Army to 8ID to complement both operational and administrative
requirements of the command in terms of personnel matters.
It can be recalled
that 200 candidates on the first batch were opened last May 12 and is
still undergoing their basic military training at Camp Lukban in
Catbalogan City while another 150 candidates were opened last June 16
and now in Camp Daza, Hinabangan, Samar also for their basic training.
This new batch will
undergo their basic training in
Ormoc until they graduate.
Just like in previous
opening, the ceremony was also graced by the 8ID’s Chief, Major
General Arthur Tabaquero as speaker.
He reiterated to the
new batch of candidates the same reminder he gave to the first two
He told the candidate
soldiers that taking an oath means being separated from their families
that they have to overcome it as they overcome the tough and rigid
“As your training goes
on, you will be honed and developed into disciplined, determined,
courageous, mentally sharpened and loyal soldiers of our nation”,
General Tabaquero includes.
“May you value the
opportunity of being one of the chosen out of the thousands who keep
on dreaming to join the ranks of the living heroes”, the good general
"Rest assured that you
will be trained professionally by our professional trainers and
instructors to the best of their capabilities", vowed Tabaquero.
Despite of distance
from Camp Lukban, the top military officials and enlisted personnel of
the command went over to Ormoc to support the incoming soldiers of the
The trainees will
undergo 13 weeks of rigid military training before they undergo the
45-day Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operation Course (JWMOC) as their
Samar Rep Sarmiento to
refile HB to create Northwest Samar province
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Newly-elected Samar’s First District Representative Mel Senen
Sarmiento will pick up what then Rep Reynaldo Uy left off as regards
pushing for a bill creating Northwest Samar province.
In an interview over
Radyo ng Bayan DYOG by Jennifer Allegado, Sarmiento said that he
believes the move will spell an economic improvement not only in the
first district but even in the whole Samar province.
As Sarmiento always
claims in his speeches, he said that it is sad to note that despite
Samar’s being the third largest island in the
it remains poor.
The provincial seat of
government is located in Catbalogan, the second district of Samar and
is 87 kilometers away from Calbayog.
First District folks
in the past claim, that the provincial government is not keeping an
eye on them and that they have long been neglected.
Sarmiento cited small
provinces like Southern Leyte and Siquijor that have flourished.
Because of size, a smaller area is easily managed by its leaders, the
initiative of his predecessor Uy will be rehashed by successor
Sarmiento. Some mayors in the first district then expressed their
interest in Uy’s sponsored bill. However, as the 14th congress folded
up, the move was not realized. (PIA-Samar with
report from DYOG)
RDC 8 includes media
among private sectors represented at region’s highest policy-making
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas has included the
private media in the Region among the private sectors which will be
represented in the policy-making body for regional development from
2010 to 2013.
RDC Eastern Visayas,
during its quarterly meeting held at the NEDA Conference Hall on June
23, discussed the guidelines for the selection of private sector
representatives who will comprise about 15% of the
DBM Director Imelda
Laceras who is the Development Administration Committee chairperson
suggested the inclusion of the private media among the private sector
Asked about her
opinion regarding the suggestion, PIA 8 Director Olive Tiu remarked
that hers is a bias opinion because she has always been advocating the
inclusion of information and communication in planning and
The PIA Director added
that the inclusion of the private media in the highest planning body
in the region is an acknowledgement of the crucial role the media
plays in nation building and development.
Since there was no
objection from the RDC members present, the private media sector will
already be included in the PSRs list. As to who among the bonafide
media practitioners will seat at the RDC, this will only be known
after the election from among the nominees who will meet the
Pursuant to Section D
of Executive Order No. 325 series of 1996 as amended, membership of
the reorganized Regional Development Council shall include
representatives of the accredited private sector and non-government
organizations based in the region and their total representation shall
comprise one-fourth of the members of the fully constituted council.
Of the 15 PSRs needed,
8 slots will be territorial PSRs representing the 6 province and one
each for Tacloban City and Ormoc City. The province of Leyte will be
represented by one from the sector of the Academe;
Southern Leyte from the Environment sector; Biliran, from the
Samar, from the
Fishery sector; Easter Samar, from the Tourism Sector; Northern Samar,
Agri-Business; Tacloban City, Banking sector; and Ormoc City, Energy
The remaining 7
slots are for the sectoral representatives of Labor; Small and Medium
Enterprises/Chamber of Commerce; Rural Workers; Health;
Transportation; ICT; and Private Media.
Recycling project to
convert waste papers into fuel bricks
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY – Have
waste papers, and this city will turn it into shredded pieces to be
molded into rounded fuel bricks, or somewhat like a white charcoal, to
be used for cooking.
This much was observed
in a demonstration activity Friday morning at the city motorpool area,
where a big crusher or shredder churned out tons of pre-wetted garbage
papers for further processing into a round mold about one-inch thick
and about four inches in diameter.
The resulting recycled
finished product, which was usually burned in bulk if not treated in
this manner, will be used mainly as a fuel in much the same way an
ordinary coconut or wood charcoal is used as burning fuel for cooking
in the kitchen.
The project, which is
being closely coordinated with Congressman Roger Mercado’s office and
Gov. Damian Mercado, is still in its preliminary stages preparatory to
be introduced into the market as a substitute for commercial charcoal
the soonest time possible.
But aside from
recycling ready-to-burned bundles of papers especially those coming
from local banks, the project has a rider benefit: for every kilo of
to-be-disposed paper given by banks or any other office, a tree
seedling will be exchanged, ready for planting, according to Nelson
Enojo, a staff at the Congressman’s office.
pro-environment effect is obvious, because as waste papers are
recycled, trees are consequently planted, Enojo told PIA.
In the demonstration,
a medium-sized stockpot full of “escalante” bananas was cooked using
the paper brickettes as fuel, and the fire and heat generated surely
did the job as much as the common “uling” can.
Present during the
activity were Engr. Dominador Clavejo, provincial head of the
Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Gomer Paz, Branch
Manager of Philippine National Bank (PNB) and concurrent President of
the Southern Leyte Bankers Club.
and passers-by dropped by to watch what was going on, but from the
look of their faces it cannot be determined this early if they were
sold-out by the charcoal substitute. But at least some are willing to
give it a try. (PIA-Southern Leyte)
PGMA takes her oath as
Pampanga rep before Associate Justice Nachura
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – An
associate justice of the Supreme Court who is from Region 8
specifically from Samar is set to administer Outgoing President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo oath of office as the new Second District of Pampanga
“I am honored and
privileged to have been chosen to administer her oath,” Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court Antonio Eduardo Bermejo Nachura who in
February 2007 took his oath of office as associate justice of the
Supreme Court before President Arroyo.
The oath taking of
President Arroyo will take place in her hometown in Pampanga on June
30 when her term as President ends.
Before becoming a
member of the High Tribunal, Justice Nachura was the Solicitor General
of the Philippines.
The honor given to
Justice Nachura by President Arroyo is considered an honor of the
entire Eastern Visayas people especially the friends, former
classmates, and relatives of Justice Nachura.
Born in Catbalogan
City, Samar, Justice Nachura is a graduate of the San Beda College of
Law. He brought honor to Region 8 when he placed 7th in the 1967 bar
examinations. In addition, he holds a Doctor of Public Management from
the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
From his years as a
professor of law and a bar reviewer, Justice Nachura has earned wide
respect as an expert in political law. He was the Dean of the Arellano
Law School from 1992 to 1994. He resigned as Dean in 1994 to accept an
appointment as Undersecretary of the Department of Education, Culture
In 1998, Justice
Nachura was elected congressman in the House of Representatives,
representing the 2nd District of Samar. He served in the 11th Congress
and the 12th Congress.
In February 2006,
Justice Nachura was named Chief Presidential Legal Counsel by
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The following month, Justice
Nachura was appointed Solicitor-General on
March 17, 2006, replacing Alfredo Benipayo. In his capacity as
Solicitor-General, Justice Nachura has represented the Republic of the
various cases pending before the courts, including such high-profile
cases before the Supreme Court as the People's Initiative cases
decided in October, 2006.
sub depot opens in Calbayog City
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The Procurement Service Regional Office 8 under the supervision of
the Department of Budget 8 opens its third sub-depot in Calbayog City
on June 24, 2010.
Located in the new
Calbayog City Sports Complex, the depot will sell 300 most common
Fr. July Gaddi blessed
the ‘government procurement service depot with scores of government
workers and media in attendance.
“I am thankful to DBM
for believing in Calbayog,“ Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento said in his
He stressed that he
wanted to purchase quality office supplies without necessarily going
to the tedious work of checking the quality, exact number and the
With the sub-depot in
their midst, the government agencies are then assured of quality and
reasonably priced office supplies.
sub-depot is strategically located and can serve, Catbalogan, Catarman
and other LGUs,“ stressed Sarmiento.
Granados, Procurement Service Director in the Region graced the
launching along with Ms. Imelda Laceras, DBM 8 Regional Director.
surprised everyone when he addressed the crowd in fluent Waray,
claiming later that he is from Leyte.
The director also
revealed that since he is retiring, his attendance in the Calbayog
event is his last public appearance.
Calbayog Sub-depot is
the 10th provincial depot while there are 12 regional depots, accross
the country, according to Director Laceras.
Both Laceras and
Granados emphasized that Government offices are mandated by law to
purchase office supplies in the depot which is now more accessible.
Atty. Isagani Togonon
was assigned to lead the sub-depot along with some six Calbayog City
employees deployed by the city government.
Laceras said that
Procurement Service in the Region's biggest customer is the army as
Samar island houses the 8th Infantry Division (8th ID) and three or
The 8th ID commanding
general, Maj. General Arthur Tabaquero was present along with 20th
Infantry Battalion Commander Jose Narciso. (PIA-Samar)
One Visayas inks
covenant on health
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – One Visayas composed of Western, Central and Eastern Visayas Regions
forged a Health Covenant as a result of the recently concluded One
Visayas Health Forum at Leyte Park Hotel Convention Center A.
The Health Covenant
was signed on June 22 by the One Visayas Regional Development
Committee composed of the Regional Development Councils of Regions VI,
VII and VIII Chairpersons Governor Salvacion Z. Perez for Region 6;
and Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen S. Sarmiento for Region 8, and the
representative of Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia for Region 7.
The Health Covenant
which will undergo polishing and styling was based on the issues and
experiences generated from the participants of the three Visayas
Regions in their operations of devolved tertiary, provincial and
The Health Covenant is
a manifestation of the One Visayas Regions to share and to mentor one
another on the best practices on the four thrusts of Fourmula One
health service delivery, health regulation, health care financing and
The One Visayas Health
Covenant expresses the hope of the member regions to have bigger voice
in policy recommendations and courses of action to improve delivery of
devolved health services to local government units.
Furthermore, the One
Visayas Health Covenant underscores that the great impact climate
change has on human health.
Secretary Cabral was unable to attend the Forum, she was ably
represented by Assistant Secretary of Health Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial,
who also tackled another topic, the consolidated issues and concerns
of the Health sector.
hosting of the Health Forum by Region 8 was made possible by the
Department of Health Region 8 under the able leadership of Director
Babatngon pupils among
73,000 beneficiaries of NGCP Balik Eskwela 2010 campaign
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
pupils and the respective families of Governor E. Jaro Elementary
School in Babatngon, Leyte are among the 73,000 happy beneficiaries
from 174 public school in selected barangay across the country, of the
Balik Eskuwela 2010 campaign of the National Grid Corporation of the
The NGCP Balik Eskwela
2010 is set to be in
Governor E. Jaro Elementary School
at 10:00 o’clock in the morning of June 25 to distribute school
supplies consisting of a school bag with 10 notebooks and 3 pencils,
to the elementary pupils.
power transmission utility and system operator selected the schools
from among the thousands of barangays throughout the country where
transmission towers, lines, substations and other NGCP facilities are
programs will be held simultaneously on June 25 in the following
areas: Pila, Laoag City in North Luzon); Bibincahan, Sorsogon and Oas,
Albay in South Luzon; Governor Jaro, Babatngon, Leyte in Visayas; and
Cabligan, Davao; Jasaan and Aplaya, Misamis Oriental in Mindanao.
Distribution of school supplies began on June 15, 2010, the first day
of the new schoolyear.
“Balik Eskwela” aims
both to support students and their families who may not afford to
provide for a few school supplies and also to ensure the safety of
children and other residents living in communities near transmission
To help minimize the
incidence of electrocution and/or pilferage of tower and line parts in
communities, NGCP volunteers at the "Balik Eskwela" activities will
educate the children, teachers, and parents on line safety and
security. The distributed notebooks carry similar information and
reminders from NGCP.
NGCP is counting on
the support of its partners in the power industry as well as residents
and officials of host communities to ensure that reliable and safe
electricity is delivered to all its customers.
transmission facilities are encouraged to help monitor and protect the
towers and lines from theft and pilferage, which make the system
vulnerable to power outages, as well as to observe established
right-of-way easement areas to prevent grassfires, forest fires,
electrocution and other accidents.
NGCP Ormoc Corporate
Communications Officer Edna Legaspina in a report said, all measures
are being done to ensure that transmission lines, substations and
other facilities across the country are in good condition and able to
deliver whatever power is available from the generating plants.
operates 19,425 circuit-kilometers of high-voltage transmission and
sub-transmission lines and 23,853 mega volt amperes of substation
capacity in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.